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Prepare your admission

Step 1: Choose your program

Below is some information that will help you understand how the Quebec education system works.

DVS, DCS, BA: What do these mean?

  • The Quebec education system has different levels of schooling: elementary, secondary, college (offered by CEGEPs), university and continuing education.
  • Higher education—also known as post-secondary education—consists of the CEGEP and university systems.
  • The ITHQ offers programs at the following levels: secondary (vocational programs, DVS), CEGEP (technical programs, DCS), university (BA) and continuing education (ACS, AVS).

School calendar

The ITHQ school year is divided into three sessions:

  • Fall (August to December)
  • Winter (January to May)
  • Summer (May to July)

You are now ready to choose your program!

  • Consult the list of  programs offered to international students.
  • Visit the page for each program to find out their respective eligibility criteria and costs.
  • Contact us if you have any questions!

Step 2: Assess your French and English proficiency

  • With some exceptions, the language of instruction for ITHQ programs is French.
  • Depending on the program you choose, you may also need to achieve a certain level of English.
  • Depending on your profile, the ITHQ may ask you to take a French or English language assessment test before you are accepted.
  • To help you determine if you have the required language level for the program you want to take, we invite you to take a language test with the Académie linguistique internationale (ALI), a language school that is an ITHQ partner:
    Once you have taken the test, please contact us at international@ithq.qc.ca. We can provide you with your results and, if necessary, suggest the possible path you can take to reach the required language proficiency for the program you want to take.


Step 3: Prepare your application

  • Once you have chosen your program and your language proficiency has been assessed, you must send the ITHQ a complete application.
  • You can find the list of documents to send to us on the Admission Form page for your chosen program.
  • Candidates under consideration will then be invited to a selection interview done either at the ITHQ or remotely.